The documents leaked from the Ministry were allegedly sold to corporates through two consultancies, one of whom was reportedly run by a journalist.
According to police sources, the consultancies processed the documents and prepared notes before passing them on to the companies.
The consultancies allegedly paid a monthly sum of between Rs 25,000 and Rs 50,000 to the accused, including the two Ministry staffers, for the leaks.
Police sources said the questioning of Asharam and Ishwar Singh had revealed that they accessed the documents using a duplicate key and photocopied them. They then allegedly read out a part of their contents to the two consultancies over the phone to allow them to assess if they were interested in having the entire document.
“The staffers sold documents to these consultancies on a regular basis. The process had been on for over 5-7 years. The consultancies processed the documents, and sold them to companies. More confidential the document, higher its price,” an officer said.
The police have questioned the heads of the consultancies. Sources said the journalist had told them that he had the documents in his professional capacity, to write a journalistic piece.